The folks from Ben Stein’s Expelled are busy promoting the DVD version of the film to be released today. They even go so far as to “Thank you for making Expelled the #1 Documentary of 2008.” There is only one problem with that statement. Expelled was not the #1 documentary of 2008.
As far as documentaries go, it has been moderately successful. According to boxofficemojo.com, it has made just over $7.5 million at the box office. It is ranked as the 13th most grossing documentary. Pretty good, but is it really the “#1 documentary of 2008”? Nope. By numbers, Religulous has already made over $9 million in its first 3 weeks. Religulous also opened in fewer theaters than Expelled: 502 vs 1052, respectively. Looks to me like Religulous is #1 so far this year.
So why is it being called the #1 documentary of 2008? I am not really sure, but I guess they could mean that it is the #1 documentary with the least reflection of reality. Maybe it is because the people behind the film have no problems lying about the movie. Either way, promoting it as #1 is just plain wrong.